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Jacob Candelaria
Jacob Candelaria.jpg
New Mexico State Senate District 26
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$0/year
Per diem$153/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University (2005)
Campaign website
Jacob Candelaria is a Democratic member of the New Mexico State Senate representing District 26 since 2013.

Candelaria, at age 25, is currently the youngest serving member of the New Mexico State Senate, and is also the first openly gay state senator in New Mexico's history.[1]


Candelaria has worked as a leadership fellow with Think New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based think tank, working on education reform legislation to address New Mexico's high-school dropout rates. He has also spent time as a program evaluator for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee. He served as a policy analyst to former state house Speaker Ben Lujan (D-Nambe).[2]

Candelaria serves as executive director of Equality New Mexico and is a board member of the Learners Chess Academy.[2]

Candelaria received an AB in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Candelaria served on the following committees:

New Mexico Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Affairs



See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012

Candelaria ran in the 2012 election for New Mexico State Senate District 26. He defeated Carlos Jose Villanueva in the Democratic primary on June 5, 2012 and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

New Mexico State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 100% 11,463
Total Votes 11,463
New Mexico State Senate, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJacob Candelaria 68.9% 1,835
Carlos Jose Villanueva 31.1% 828
Total Votes 2,663

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Preceded by
Bernadette Sanchez (D)
New Mexico State Senate District 26
Succeeded by